SCBA Business Awrds Launch Brekky

Business community gather to celebrate success and launch 2023 Business Awards

The Sunshine Coast is seen as the ‘entrepreneurial capital’ of Australia, and it is the reputation for hard work and dedication that the Sunshine Coast business community celebrated at the annual Small Business Month Breakfast in May, which was a huge success with a sell-out crowd of over 260 people present, with 50 at the information session that followed.

SCBA Small Bus Month Breaky panelists Darren McClenaghan (RACV Noosa Resort), Rachel Downie (Stymie), Thiago Perrone (Aussie Tiny Houses) with Sunshine Coast Business Awards chair Jennifer Swaine – photo by Barry Alsop

The event on Thursday 4th May, presented by the Sunshine Coast Business Awards, Sunshine Coast Council and Regional Development Australia (RDA), Sunshine Coast, also saw the 2023 Sunshine Coast Business Awards launched.

“With more than 40,500 small businesses, contributing to more than 50% of all employment for the region, it is no wonder that we are the envy of other regions,” Sunshine Coast Business Awards chair Jennifer Swaine said.

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New mega Sunshine Mitre 10 opens in Aura Business Park

One of the largest independently operated and owned hardware suppliers in Queensland, Sunshine Mitre 10 has opened a new mega hardware store at Stockland’s Aura Business Park.

Sunshine Mitre 10 General Manager Neil Hutchins and Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace MP cut the ribbon at new Sunshine Mitre 10 Aura store.

The new Aura store has been built across three commercial blocks of land and includes 6,5000 square metres of land including 3,500 square metres under roof.

Sunshine Mitre 10 General Manager Neil Hutchins said the new Aura store was an important part of the group’s steadily expanding network of stores.

“Aura has some of the largest growth in population on the Coast, an area that will always be important to us with the business having started in Nambour more than 110 years ago,” Mr Hutchins said.

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Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2022 entries officially open at Small Business Month Breakfast

Entries for the 2022 Sunshine Coast Business Awards, powered by LPE, will open today after the official launch at the Sunshine Coast Small Business Month Breakfast.

SC Chamber Alliance SCBA Awards Launch Breakfast

More than 260 people will attend the sold-out celebration of Coast businesses after an incredibly tough business environment over the past two years that has included fire, floods and Covid.

The Breakfast will see Sunshine Coast businesspeople hear from three of the 2021 Awards winners as part of a panel offering insights into what winning the Awards has meant for their business and how businesses can set themselves up for success with their entries. The panel will include John Langmead from Advanced Aquarium Technologies which took out Building and Construction Large, Export and Business of the Year, Deb Caruso from In Publishing which won Creative Industries Large, and Sonia Martin from Sunny Street which won Health and Wellness Large.

Site of the new Sunshine Mitre 10 North Lakes Store

New North Lakes Mitre 10 store to cater for increasing trade demand

Sunshine Mitre 10 will next year build a new store in North Lakes to service the strong and increasing demand from the building and trade sector in the area.

Plans for the store at Stapylton St have been approved by Moreton Bay Council and construction is expected to commence early in the new year.

Sunshine Mitre 10 General Manager, Neil Hutchins said the new store would complement other stores in the Mitre 10 network in the South East Queensland region.

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Only nine medical suites remain available in new Westside Private Hospital

Only nine of 22 medical suites remain available in what will be a hospital for the future – Westside Private Hospital – due to open in October.

Transact Property Solutions agents Brett & Matt Beamount in front of Westside Private Hospital, due for completion in October.

The Evans Long and Montserrat Hospital joint venture development, at 32 Morrow Street, Taringa, is almost fully leased and it’s not hard to see why, when you examine the building’s facilities.

The ten-storey building will not only be home to Montserrat’s newest short-stay overnight facility but represents a new approach providing patients with a more integrated model of healthcare, where everything is centred around the patient.

In addition to two floors of specialist consulting suites, the hospital floor will include four operating theatres, a large procedure room and three treatment rooms as well as Westside Haematology and Oncology, a new addition to Montserrat Cancer Care Services, located on the third floor.

Essence Medi Apartments & Suites will occupy three floors and offer an affordable, conveniently located, out-of-hospital accommodation option for the surgical and oncology patients before, during and aftercare.

The building also includes a Guardian Child Care Centre, Allied Health facilities, a café and food retailers and concierge services. There are 185 car parking spaces, 90 of which will have 3-hour free parking for Westside Private patients. The location also offers easy access to train and bus services.

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Construction on Westside Private Hospital moves to next stage after ‘topping out’

The Evans Long and Montserrat Hospital joint venture development Westside Private Hospital at Taringa has reached the final stages of construction with the building ‘topping out’.

The ten-storey building at 32 Morrow Street, Taringa, will be home to the new Westside Private Hospital, a short-stay overnight facility operated by Montserrat Hospitals.

The hospital floor will house five operating theatres and three treatment rooms. Two additional floors will provide specialist consulting suites as well as Westside Haemaotogy and Oncology, a new addition to Montserrat Cancer Care Services.

The other floors of the building will include a Guardian Child Care Centre and three floors for the Essence Medi Apartments & Suites, which will offer an affordable out of hospital, yet conveniently located, accommodation option for the surgical and oncology patients before, during and after care.

The two top floors of the building will be luxurious sky homes, with a roof top pool and entertainment area, while at the bottom of the building there will be a café and concierge services, a floor containing Allied Health facilities, and four basement levels of car parking with 185 car spaces. Westside Private will allow 3 hours of free parking providing relief for patients and their family.

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Find-me appoints Rachel Boden as new CEO

Find-me Technologies, the creator of the Find-me Carers Watch, a wearable device to assist the elderly and those diagnosed with dementia, is preparing for rapid growth with the appointment of Rachel Boden as Chief Executive Officer.

Find-Me CEO Rachel Boden – click image to download high-res photo


With a career in health spanning over three decades, Ms Boden brings extensive experience in healthcare product commercialisation, having worked in start-up to large corporate pharmaceutical companies servicing Asia Pacific.


Citadel Group acquires OneVentures portfolio company Charm Health

OneVentures is delighted to announce that The Citadel Group Limited (ASX: CGL) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire its OneVentures Innovation Fund portfolio company Charm Health International Pty Ltd as part of expanding its e-health offering.

Headquartered in Brisbane, Charm Health ( is Australia’s leading supplier of specialist oncology e-health systems, with its solutions used by leading public and private health providers of cancer care. Its flagship software, CHARM™, provides:

  • comprehensive multi-site functionality that manages all clinical and administrative aspects of a patient’s cancer care
  • a single oncology electronic medical record, with real-time access to patient information by every member of the care team shared across multiple locations
  • enhanced clinical and prescriptive decision support
  • solutions to critical inefficiencies in cancer care, such as complex medication management and multi-disciplinary resource coordination.

Charm Health to join information management specialists Citadel Group

The Citadel Group Limited (ASX: CGL) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Charm Health International Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries as part of expanding its e-health offering.

Operating as part of the Citadel Health division, Charm Health will continue to provide its best-of-breed oncology information management system CHARMTM to public and private cancer care facilities both locally and internationally.

Charm Health CEO, Gary Lakin said Charm Health has grown rapidly to support more than 100 sites throughout Australia and New Zealand, using the CHARMTM platform to ensure cancer patients receive the best quality care. CHARMTM delivers proven clinical benefits through increased effic­­iency, improved safety, improved communication and documentation and comprehensive data capture resulting in increased patient satisfaction.

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